Cemetario de Recoletta

Member Rating 4 out of 5 by Kauai Boy on July 5, 2004

Smack in the middle of the luxurious Recoletta neighborhood (officially part of Barrio Norte), the Recoletta National Cemetary along with La Iglesia Nuestra Senora del Pilar (church) was built in 1822 by the Recoleto monks, serving as the final resting place of many of Argentina's most famous personalities--most famous of all being Evita Duarte Peron. But don't just stop there! Fact is, Evita's tomb falls short of being impressive when compared to others. Strolling through the maze of mausoleums, one marvels at the extravagant architecture and the incredible effort put into housing the deceased.

Entry into the cemetary is free and, as I had visited here before, we walked right in without a guide. However, for first timers, I do recommend hiring someone to walk you through--just ask at the info desk in the entrance. You could also freeload off of larger tour groups and their guides.

One word of caution: beggars often frequent the entrance of the cemetary and the neighboring church. You will need to either shrug them off rudely or part with a few coins -- they're experts at tugging at your heart-strings.

La Recoleta Cemetery
Junín 1790 Recoleta District
Buenos Aires, Argentina, 1116
+54 (11) 4804 7040


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